2020 WIM/WiN-SK Scholarship Recipients

For the fifth year, the Saskatchewan Chapter of Women in Mining/Women in Nuclear (WIM/WiN-SK) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of their annual scholarship. Established as an award in 2016, the WIM/WiN-SK Scholarship was created to support young women studying in the mining and nuclear fields. The award recognizes post-secondary students in Saskatchewan who embody the values of diversity and leadership in the mining or nuclear industries.

Award winners must be a current member of WIM/WiN-SK and enrolled as a full-time post-secondary student in Saskatchewan in a program related to the fields of minerals, mining, nuclear and/or radiation. This year, three categories were available for award (one recipient from each):
• Graduate
• Undergraduate
• Technical/Trades

WIM/WiN-SK congratulates the following 2020 scholarship recipients:

Maíra Mendes is a PhD student in Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her current research is focused on boreal lakes downstream from a uranium mine and mill in northern Saskatchewan. She holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and a MSc in Environmental Engineering (emphasis on water pollution control), from the Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil. Maíra is the author of three scientific papers on ecological risk assessment and the co-author/reviewer of five ecotoxicological technical standards in Brazil.

Samia Sami is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an active volunteer and role model. As a “Let’s Talk Science” member, she annually delivers engineering-related presentations to more than three hundred elementary students. Through student advocacy as an Academic Commissioner of the Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society, she has worked towards fostering a positive academic environment within the College of Engineering. She also volunteers as a judge at the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association events and has served as coordinator of the IEEE Illumination Conference 2020. Through her education, work, and volunteer experiences, Samia hopes to become an influential leader in her field.

Xiaoying Wang received a bachelor’s degree from the China University of Mining and Technology, majoring in surveying engineering. At that time very, few women studied Surveying Engineering, and there were only four women in her class of 30. She also completed a master’s degree in geodesy and survey engineering. For 14 years, Xiaoying worked as a teacher for Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. During this period, she also completed a PhD, majoring in atmospheric remote sensing science and technology. She is currently enrolled as a second-year student at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, majoring in geomatics and surveying engineering technology.